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Old 04-16-2011, 02:45 AM   #1
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I am thinking of making my own mash paddle. Every site I see online has them made of maple or oak or something like that. I am wondering if pine is ok or should I get maple or oak?

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Old 04-16-2011, 02:52 AM   #2
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Pine tends to have a sappy or resinous quality, which I don't think you'll like flavoring your beers. Maple and oak are pretty neutral.

I think pine is pretty much not recommended for anything that will touch food.

Though you may end up with that West Coast "pine" hop flavor in every beer. :P

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Would red oak be ok? or Cedar?

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pine would be ok if you like cascade hops in all of your beers

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Old 04-16-2011, 01:07 PM   #5
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Red oak is what I am going with. Haven't done the build yet, but that it where my research pointed me. It also helped that when I went to HD, there was a piece of it already cut to the size I wanted.

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White Oak. Moisture resistant and denser than red oak. Thats why they make barrels out of it. Best wood to use.

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I am having trouble finding a white oak plank. Any ideas where to look?

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I made mine out of some scrap cherry I had. Any dense wood will do just fine. If you have red oak available go with it. Your not aging beer with it your stirring mash and your boil. Its a fun project, make sure you post some pics of the finished product

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I'd go with either Maple or Poplar.

You can find Maple boards at the big box stores in the specialty wood section. A decent sized piece is usually around $9.

For mine, I used Poplar dowels and a drill press to make a traditional mash rake design.

Check out this thread for more ideas/photos.

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